HMRC warns self-employed to guard against phishing e-mails

HMRC has warned that millions of people due to complete online tax returns by the end of January may be targeted by fake e-mails claiming to be from HMRC. According to a survey by digital authentication vendor, MIRACL, up to 40% of people due to complete online tax returns have been targeted by ‘phishing’ e-mails pretending to be from the tax office.

Jonathan Lloyd White, HMRC’s Director of Security and Information, said: “When using our online services I would urge all our customers to be vigilant, and remember that HMRC will never send an e-mail to ask for your personal information or password, or include a link or attachment. We want to help you stay safe online. Visit cyberstreetwise.com for more advice.”

For further information, go to:
http://www.itpro.co.uk/security/25807/millions-bombarded-with-fake-hmrc-phishing-emails

And:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/have-you-returned-your-safe-assessment

Written on 21st January 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News